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    Fire, smoke and mirrors ...

    The 'smoky season' has started.
    Mrs KR is really pissed coz her washing smells of smoke!

    Doesn't bother me too much, yet; similar to Ozzie bush-fire smoke .. without the eucalyptus scent.

    Interestingly, a local expat puts it down to cheap Chinese garlic and other produce imports. Apparently northern Thai farmers used to farm all year round, using rice straw as mulch during winter (best time for veggies), but now it's no longer viable so the straw gets burnt, usually at night.

    Being so far inland, we don't really get much in the way of strong winds to blow smoke away. It settles under the inversion layer, in the Mae Ping valley , and only lifts very gradually with the slow warming of next day's sunrise.
    Cheers, Rob.
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    Was not to bad down our way but by feb it will be like a BKK sunrise....You can taste it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaptainrob View Post
    The 'smoky season' has started.
    Mrs KR is really pissed coz her washing smells of smoke!

    Doesn't bother me too much, yet; similar to Ozzie bush-fire smoke .. without the eucalyptus scent.

    Interestingly, a local expat puts it down to cheap Chinese garlic and other produce imports. Apparently northern Thai farmers used to farm all year round, using rice straw as mulch during winter (best time for veggies), but now it's no longer viable so the straw gets burnt, usually at night.

    Being so far inland, we don't really get much in the way of strong winds to blow smoke away. It settles under the inversion layer, in the Mae Ping valley , and only lifts very gradually with the slow warming of next day's sunrise.
    Just like North Queensland 10 years ago when the burned the sugar cane before cutting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cilla View Post
    Just like North Queensland 10 years ago when the burned the sugar cane before cutting
    The difference here is NO sea breeze to blow smoke away. Government agencies say they're cracking down on the problem, which is BS. Most urban fires are set at night and no-one can control rural burn-off.
    Cheers, Rob.
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    We saw a few fires (not a lot) around on our recent rides to Nan,Loei and Fang and the air was a little hazy most of the time.

    Hopefully it`s just a natural atmospheric condition (inversion as mentioned) and things will change sooner or later. The real haze problem wasn`t noticeable here last year until sometime in Feb.
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